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Final Verdict by Tobias Buck review – the weight of collective guilt

Reporting on the trial of a former SS camp guard, the author learns that his own grandfather was an early Nazi in this lucid, timely study of Germany’s fraught reckoning with its past.

When, as it is now, the talk is all of genocide and the slide to the right, it can be hard to find space amid the heat in which to think properly about these things; to consider meaning and context, if not consequences.

But a book is a good place to have a go – for me, it’s the only place at this point – and Tobias Buck’s Final Verdict is both timely and…

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